The Man In The White Suit screening on Wednesday November 29 will be followed by a discussion group at the cinema's bar hosted by Dr. Lawrence Napper.
Chemist Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) is at a crossroads in his career. He's been trying to invent a long-lasting clothing fiber, but his unreasonable demands for high-end equipment have gotten him fired from job after job. Finally, Sidney creates a white suit that is impervious to the elements -- it cannot stain or wrinkle. At first he is celebrated as a hero but, soon enough, the clothing manufacturers realize that the perfect suit is actually very bad for business.
Dr. Lawrence Napper is a senior lecturer in Film Studies in King’s College London. He has published widely on British cinema and silent cinema. His most recent book is 'Silent Cinema: Before the pictures got small' published by Wallflower Press.